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The Aces on Bridge: Wednesday, April 29th, 2020


Iain ClimieMay 13th, 2020 at 10:58 am

HI Bobby,

A quick word of praise for West playing D10 not 8 on the first round. If he plays the 8 he will be known to have one of DJ10 when East doesn’t produce one on the 2nd round so declarer has no losing option.



jim2May 13th, 2020 at 12:36 pm


1) Would you pass pard’s one spade bid?

2) What will you bid over pard’s TWO spades response to one heart?

Iain ClimieMay 13th, 2020 at 1:37 pm

HI Jim2,

I’m raising 1S to 2 (if 5 card majors) but might well pass 2S after 1C 1H 2S and have my apologies ready. 4H could still be on though e.g. if pars has a stiff honour.

Sensible answers awaited from Bobby.


Iain ClimieMay 13th, 2020 at 3:30 pm

PS How are you doing Jim2 (and everyone)? Online just isn’t the same for me.

bobbywolffMay 13th, 2020 at 5:41 pm

Hi Iain,

Yes, West, for the reason you gave, deserves kudos for playing the diamond 10 or jack the first time diamonds were led by East.

Online, although and no doubt (communicating) thus taking on an added benefit, probably, like you, but also for me, just isn’t the same, but consider looking at it this way:

For our final resume you and all of us can testify affirmatively that, yes indeed, we experienced going through a pandemic and although learning more about people here with us, both plus and minus, can liken doing so to almost no other event, except perhaps a world at war, IOW, with total disdain.

At least, no gas rationing and other takeaways, but rather instead and worse, one against getting too close to other people, not to mention the loneliness of quarantine.

bobbywolffMay 13th, 2020 at 6:00 pm

Hi Jim2,

No, I’d raise to 2 spades (of course, only when playing 5 card majors, but, I would simply pass if playing 4). An unseen advantage of bidding might lead to the stealing of the hand.

While, from a pure bridge perspective, I’d want to pass a 2 spade jump rebid by partner (especially with aggressive partners) but, in reality, although perhaps sacrificing a good score on this hand by doing so, I would not pass, but dutifully respond 3 hearts in order for partner not to doubt my respect for the game (and him or her) the next time he is tempted to make a forcing jump rebid in another suit to my one level response.

IOW, catering to our partnership rather than becoming a lone wolf. Yes, I enjoy alliterations.

jim2May 13th, 2020 at 8:08 pm

Partner opened one club not one spade, so I am unsure how 5-card majors applies.

bobbywolffMay 13th, 2020 at 10:40 pm

Hi Jim2,

Sorry, but I was on the wrong track, but now trying to get back on after the derail, by passing one spade, not worrying, though still possible, of being able to make a heart game.

However I’ll stand firm on what I said about the 2 spade jump rebid (GF) by partner.

I still enjoy alliterations, but certainly not my misunderstandings.

bobbywolffMay 13th, 2020 at 10:57 pm

Hi again Jim2,

If, after passing 1 spade (1C, P, 1H, P,1S, P, P, then double, 1NT, 2C, or 2D by LHO, 2H by partner I would then bid 3 hearts with my 2nd choice being 4 hearts.

I know no one asked, but still………